One of the biggest cultural events in Hong Kong’s calendar is the annual International Arts Carnival, which attracts world-class performing arts groups from across the globe.
The Carnival runs from July 5 until August 18, giving you lots of opportunities to take in one of their shows.
The Carnival is designed specifically with families in mind, with the aim of exposing children to the world of the arts, so there is a variety of family-friendly programming.
This year’s lineup includes theatre, dance, acrobatics, black light puppeteering, opera for babies, and musicals. There are also international film screenings, and other interactive experiences.
Some of the highlights include the staging of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites, by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia from Canada, and The Little Mermaid by Theater Terra from the Netherlands.
Local Hong Kong group the Fong Fong Projet d’Art will take kids on an adventurous journey in Chickens’ Eggsecutive Order, while La Companyia del Príncep Totilau from Spain utilises actors and puppets in the multimedia music theatre work Monsieur Croche: The Dreams of Composer Claude Debussy.
One of the shows getting a lot of attention this year is À Ố Làng Phố by Vietnam’s Lune Production, which features incredible acrobatics, contortionism, martial arts, dance, and comic elements. Director Tuan Le was the first solo artist member of Vietnamese descent in the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.
While most of the shows are in English, accompanied by Cantonese surtitles, certain shows, such as The Nightingale, are only in Cantonese, so be sure to check the details of each performance prior to buying tickets.
The shows take place in various locations, such as the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Yuen Long Theatre, and Sha Tin Town Hall, to name a few.
Tickets are available from Urbtix at a range of prices, depending on the performance.